Flight 564 UFO Encounter

Flight 564 UFO Encounter


b-757Something appeared to be following the America West airliner B-757 on frightful night in May of 1995. At 39,000 feet  above ground, First Officer John J. Waller, along with a flight attendant, noticed a strange light off in the distant darkness.
Glued to the window, they observed a row of bright white lights flash from left to right. Not knowing what they were looking at, they kept their noses pressed to the glass.

It was only after a thunderous flash illuminated the cloud behind the object, that they crew of the B-757 were able to make out the source of the strange lights. A cigar-shaped object following them at tremendous speeds 39,000 feet above the ground.

What you’re gonna hear next is the FAA Air Traffic Control conversation with the confused and alarmed pilots.


The B-757 continued its course, and the lights began to fall behind it. A group of dark thunderclouds formed, and enabled the UFO to be seen as a cigar-shaped object as its lights illuminated the back drop of the thunderclouds.

Waller and his co-pilot estimated the object’s length at 300-400 feet. The object was not visible on FAA radar, but one of the controllers contacted the North American Air Defense Command, and was told they NORAD was tracking an unidentified object. But, this object later turned out to be a small plane with a non-functioning transponder.

The next day, the controller made another check with NORAD, and he was told that they had indeed tracked another unknown target the night before that was at first stationary, but then accelerated and stopped again very rapidly. These quick darts were estimated at somewhere between 1,000 and 1,400 mph.

When reports of the incident began to be leaked, Webb began to investigate. In addition to interviewing the airliner’s crew, he also obtained the tapes of the conversation between FAA air traffic controllers and their contacts during the sighting. He was able to make drawings of the UFO.

He also filed Freedom of Information Act requests, and searched military installations to see if any activity that night could account for the sighting. There was nothing that could explain the sighting of America West Flight 564, and until another explanation can be found for the unusual object, we can assume that a UFO was seen that night. –source: UFO CaseBook

The May 25th encounter is considered one of Ufology’s most solid evidence of UFO activity. Trained airline pilots saw it. FAA and Air Traffic Controllers saw it. Even the NORAD defense system noticed that a strange object appeared on their radar, accelerating at speeds between 1,000 and 1,400 miles per hour. Incredible!

If anyone is in the Los Angeles area, there’s a neat little lecture thrown together by MUFON/LA this coming week:

I’ll be attending. Looking for any suspicious MIB-looking folks mixed in the crowd.